Horse Health and Nutrition For Dummies

Horse Health and Nutrition For Dummies

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By (author) Audrey Pavia, By (author) Kate Gentry-Running

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 388 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 234mm x 28mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470239522
  • ISBN 13: 9780470239520
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, figures
  • Sales rank: 326,835

Product description

Want to know the best ways to care for your horse? Horse Health and Nutrition For Dummies gives you up-to-the-minute guidance on keeping horses healthy at all stages of life. It provides the latest information on equine nutrition and healthcare, explaining how your horse's body functions and how to keep it in good working order. Packed with practical advice on equine first aid and alternative therapies, this completely practical, plain-English guide explains exactly what to feed your four-legged "hayburner" and how much. You'll find out what kind of preventive care is vital to keeping your horse in good physical shape and how to recognize signs of illness when things go wrong. You'll get the low-down on the diseases and conditions most likely to plague the domestic horse and find help in deciding whether to treat problems yourself or call the vet. Discover how to: Manage your horse's diet House your horse safely and comfortably Tend to the daily details of horse care Examine coat, eyes, hooves and manure Identify, control, and prevent equine diseases Understand links between horse behavior and health Practice good horse nutrition Grow your own horse food Cover horse-health-care costs Breed your horse Care for pregnant mares and newborns A healthy horse is a happy horse. Keep your horse fit with a little help from Horse Health and Nutrition For Dummies, and you'll be happy too!

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Author information

Audrey Pavia is the former editor of Horse Illustrated magazine and an awardwinning freelance writer specializing in equine subjects. She has authored articles on various equine topics in a number of horse publications, including Western Horseman, Horses USA, Thoroughbred Times, Appaloosa Journal, Paint Horse Journal, Veterinary Product News, and USDF Connection magazines. She has written five horse books besides Horse Health & Nutrition For Dummies, including Horses For Dummies, 2nd Edition (Wiley), Horseback Riding For Dummies (Wiley), and Trail Riding: A Complete Guide (Howell Book House). In addition to her experience as an equine writer, she's also a former Managing Editor of Dog Fancy magazine and a former Senior Editor of the American Kennel Club Gazette. She has authored more than 100 articles on the subject of animals and has written several books on various kinds of pets. Audrey has been involved with horses since the age of 9. She has owned and cared for horses throughout her life, and has trained in both Western and English disciplines. She currently participates in competitive trail riding. Audrey resides in Norco, California. Kate Gentry-Running, DVM, CVA, is a practicing veterinarian with 27 years of experience and an emphasis in equine integrative medicine. She has a particular passion for educating horse owners. Dr. Running received her veterinary degree in 1980 from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She was certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2001 and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine at the Chi Institute in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Running breeds and trains cutting horses at her ranch in Tolar, Texas.

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Packed with practical advice on equine first aid and alternative therapiesFrom foal to senior, give your horse a happy, healthy lifeWant to know the best ways to care for your horse? This plain-English guide gives you all the latest information on equine nutrition and healthcare, explaining how your horse's body functions and how to keep it in good working order. You'll see how to perform checkups safely at home, spot the signs of illness, and help your horse age gracefully.Discover how to: Manage your horse's dietIdentify, control, and prevent equine diseasesBreed your horseCare for pregnant mares and newbornsHouse and groom your horse

Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: Honing Basic Horse Care Skills. Chapter 1: Taking on Your Horse's Health. Chapter 2: Sizing Up a Healthy Horse. Chapter 3: Connecting Your Horse's Behavior to Health. Chapter 4: Getting Up to Speed on Routine Care. Chapter 5: Exercising for Health. Part II: Good Eats: Nutrition and Feeding. Chapter 6: The Building Blocks of Good Nutrition. Chapter 7: Your Hungry Horse: Feeding Fundamentals. Chapter 8: Special Considerations for Your Horse's Diet. Chapter 9: Growing Your Own Food. Part III: Recognizing and Treating Illnesses. Chapter 10: Introducing the Anatomy of a Horse. Chapter 11: Tackling Common Ailments. Chapter 12: Fighting Infectious Diseases. Chapter 13: Staying Prepared with Equine First Aid. Chapter 14: Checking Out Complementary and Alternative Therapies. Part IV: Horse Care for All Stages of Life. Chapter 15: Breeding Your Horse. Chapter 16: Caring for the Newborn. Chapter 17: Helping Your Horse Age Gracefully. Chapter 18: Reaching the End of Your Horse's Life. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 19: Ten Signs of Horse Illness. Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Keep Your Horse Healthy. Appendix: Resources for Horse Care. Index.